Maurie Ryan makes a very good point about David Ross. …

Comment on Ryan’s agenda to reform land council: broad support from members? by Interested Observer.

Maurie Ryan makes a very good point about David Ross.
Ross has his fingers in many pies but feels no obligation to be transparent around potential conflicts of interest.
He is prominent on the CentreCorp board, surely one the most secretive Aboriginal Corporations in the country.
Under Ross’s shared leadership CentreCorp has locked up tens of millions of dollars while Aboriginal communities cry out for more funds courtesy of the tax payer.
On one hand Ross advocates for more services for Aboriginal people but on the other he is custodian of riches designated for them but withheld.
Surely this is a fundamental conflict of interests.

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Ryan’s agenda to reform land council: broad support from members?
What we are seeing is nothing less than a changing of the guard at the CLC. What is surprising about this is not that it is happening now but that it hasn’t already happened.
It is a measure of the influence of David Ross and a lack of influence by the elected members that he has maintained an extraordinary position.
It is that the CLC is not going to spend its own money on Aborigines. This has underpinned the growth of CentreCorp into a very wealthy entity, and one that Ross says he is proud of.
Yes, Ross has been powerful enough to say that withholding funds from Aboriginal people is something to be proud of.
In effect this is a very conservative statement along the lines of “Don’t waste money on Blackfellas”.
The issues are clouded at the moment but we will eventually see that Mr Ryan aims to change that philosophy and he will do it by unraveling the secrecy and the power of the administration versus the elected members.
Whether that ultimately turns out to be a good thing remains to be seen but it is inevitable.

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